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Rob Manfred Named Major League Baseball’s Next Commissioner After Bud Selig

August 14th, 2014 at 6:04 PM
By Michael Moraitis

UPDATE: Thursday, August 14 at 7:41 p.m. ET

The next commissioner of Major League Baseball will be Rob Manfred, and he addressed the media following his successful election to the post, per MLB.com:

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Major League Baseball's current COO, Rob Manfred, will be the league's next commissioner when Bud Selig steps down at the end of the season.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports had the news:

Manfred didn't win the first vote made by MLB owners on Thursday. Instead, he fell just one vote short with 22 total votes, and his opponent, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, received eight votes.

After that, an up-and-down vote was held on just Manfred alone and he apparently got the necessary 23 votes to make him MLB's next commish.

The New York Yankees were likely one of the teams that originally voted for Manfred when he was up against Werner.

The Yanks reportedly like the way Manfred is able to keep both big-market and small-market teams happy, and they likely weren't too keen on a member of the Red Sox organization running things.

Manfred gained fame recently as one of the big players in MLB's Biogenesis investigation, which was the same one that netted slugger Alex Rodriguez a 162-game suspension for the 2014 season.

It was Manfred who gave the nod to purchase stolen Biogenesis documents that later led to the suspension of Rodriguez, as well as several other major leaguers involved with the now-defunct clinic, despite the fact that the league was told by law enforcement officials not to purchase the documents.

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